Monthly Archives: January 2014

Dakota Ridge


Coastal Mountains haven’t seen a lot snow this year. At Dakota Ridge there’s just barely enough. No matter on a day like today. It was just like spring skiing (if you can say that about snowshoeing). Spectacular sunshine and warm temps.

Beaver Dams and Rain Storms


TV news today reported on a train derailment in Burnaby owing to heavy rains and beaver dams. There are no trains in Secret Cove but we do have lots of beaver dams. The beavers have been especially busy this fall. With the heavy rain this weekend much of the trail and walkway system in Smugglers Cove (Provincial Park) is under water. The walk in gets a lot more interesting.

An Infinity Pool – In it’s natural form

DSCN6332Here’s my inspiration for an “infinity pool”.  Today was a gorgeous day for a hike up Pender Hill with views down to Hotel Lake.

Pender Hill is also a great hike with boat access. Tie up at Irvines Landing.  A 20 minute waterfront stroll along Lee  Road brings you to the trail Head.  Another 20 minutes to the summit and you have fantastic views of Pender Harbour, down the Malaspina and across to Texada and Vancouver Islands.